Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Best Ways to Use Instant Messaging for Companies

Instant Messaging first became really popular in the mid to late 1990's for staying in contact with friends and mainly members over the internet. Instant Messaging, also called IM, can be thought of a lot like a text based phone call. Since the early 2000's it is becoming more and more common for businesses to take advantage of instant messaging software to help keep in contact with suppliers, customers, employees and other business contacts.

If you want to use an instant message program to keep in contact with all or any of your business professionals, be sure to create an IM user policy. Employees will need to know how, where, when and who to instant message. Try creating a user policy for your business that presents your company and employees the way you want to be seen be customers and clients.

When instant messaging and creating your IM policy, keep in mind that IM's can be saved by either you and your employees and also by the other people you are talking to as well. Often you or your employees will need to use instant messaging to share files with customers and suppliers. Viruses can easily be transferred on files to your computer, so before you begin file sharing through IM, make sure you have a good anti- virus program on each of your computers.

People are very busy so a very important thing to remember is to keep IM conversations short, simple and to the point. Keep your friends and family contacts separate from your business and employee contacts so you can easily tell which of you business contacts are available during business hours.

Even if using instant message for your business sounds unprofessional or more complicated, look into enterprise instant messaging, which can be a real time saver when communicating with clients and customers or sending simple messages to employees and other business providers.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Buying Sexy Clothes For the Summer

Because I work from home, I very rarely have an excuse to wear sexy clothing or clothes that make me look nice and well put together. Because we are now getting into summer, I have decided that it is time to upgrade my wardrobe and get some new pieces to really play up and enhance my look.

Our neighborhood has a private pool, so I am using this as an excuse to get some fun cover-ups, skirts, and summer tank tops that will keep me cool while also providing me with a fun new wardrobe.

While browsing for new outfits, I found, which is a website that provides lingerie, clubwear, and beachwear. It was perfect because there are a variety of price ranges, styles, and options to choose from. The website was easy to navigate and I found a couple of pieces that I really liked, including this summer dress:
Unfortunately, this dress is out of stock on the website, but I hope it comes back soon!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Why You Should Have A Secure Instant Messenger

There are many ways to communicate in the modern world full of technological wonders and one of them is instant messaging over the internet. Although it is an easy way to communicate and is low cost and instant messaging is often free, it is not all that secure, leaving you open to virus attacks, wiretapping, and even identity theft. It's an ugly thing to think about, however there are ways to ensure that you are able to have secure instant messaging. Here are some of the benefits and things to think about as to why you should have a secure instant messenger.

The usual most popular instant messaging networks are the most vulnerable as they send your information and conversations over the web with little to no security in place. They send their data without any sort of hack proof encryption free and clear. This allows for people to hack your accounts all that much easier. In this way you can have malware or Trojan viruses send to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You would not likely even know that you had gotten the virus in this way. This also applies to it being easier for people, not just the government, to tap your conversations or to steal your account and/or identity. Why put yourself at risk in the first place by using unsecured instant messaging?

When you use a secure instant messaging service you have better peace of mind that you are safe from attack. The people you talk to can also have this assurance that when you send them a message authentic and it came from you directly and not some unknown third party. You have the benefit of encryption to protect you from others seeing your messages as well as hacking into the account. Deniability keeps others from sending your clients and friends strange advertisements or forging conversations you never made so that they can't trick people into revealing information that shouldn't be known.

Your secrets and privacy are important and they are not things that you would desire to have out in the open. Instant messaging when unsecured can be an all to easy gateway to people hacking and infecting your computers and networks. The best way to prevent it all in the first place is to make sure that your are using an effective secured instant messaging client for all of your online conversations.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Glory of Massage Chairs

For a long time, I have wished for a massage chair. I get professional massages regularly, but being able to have that level of relaxation at home would really make a difference.

I get sore muscles easily from working out and also from being on the computer several hours each day, up to 10-12 hours. Getting regular massages really help me relax and keep my body in good condition.

Another thing that massages do for me is to decrease my stress and anxiety. I get stress and anxiety because I own my own business, so I put myself under a lot of pressure to do well and to keep growing my business.

Having a big massage chair at home that I could use would really make a big difference when it comes to my stress levels. I hope that one day I will be able to afford a large massage chair, but until that time comes, I guess I will have to keep getting pricey professional massages at my favorite spa!

The Wish List For My Personal Trainer

Because I really enjoy exercising, I have always thought getting a personal trainer might be a good idea, because they would push me harder to do more with my exercise. Sometimes I will exercise for stress relief, but the main reason why I do it is for weight loss. I know that a personal trainer would help me accomplish that.

Whether you are looking for a Personal Trainer in Potomac or other city, they can be easy to find. However, the key is finding a personal trainer that matches your personality and work out style. For instance, I really would like a personal trainer that:
  • Took me seriously
  • Trained me hard
  • Reliable
  • Challenged me
Because I am a woman, I worry sometimes that I am not taken seriously in the gym. Whatever Personal Trainer in Potomac I had would have to get me over that fear!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Cool Gadget: Car Cameras

We have all seen those viral videos of police pulling over another car, and antics ensue. Luckily, we get to see these, thanks to the police cruiser's car camera. One thing I just found out was that these car cameras are for sale! I had no idea that they were available to anyone else except for the police.

Car camera may have a variety of uses- to create a home movie commemorating a road trip or travels, for evidence should anything happen (this may be a good idea for semis or other long-distance drivers in a company car). Having a camera as back-up evidence is always a great idea.

These car cameras come in a variety of difference styles, sizes, and shapes. There are also different capacities and recording features. There are smaller styles so they don't inhibit the driver's view, and there are even more that have larger capacities to record long sessions of video tape at a time.

The majority of these run through the AC outlet in your car or truck and are easy to set up.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Development of Business Instant Messaging

 Even as recent as a few years ago, the use of instant messaging clients by employees in the workplace were strictly prohibited by supervisors and managers. However, once business owners began to realize the power behind instant messaging as a communication tool, they learned that it may be more that just a waste of company time. IM can actually increase productivity, employee team cohesion, and the  efficiency of communication.

At first, supervisors began to allow employees to download instant messenger programs like AIM and Yahoo! Talk. However, as important or confidential data began to be traded through this new channel of workplace communication, companies began to worry about the instant messenger security.

This is where  corporate  messenger systems come in. They provide secure instant messaging by encrypting all conversations, data, and file transfers that take place. This is achieved by allowing businesses to download an enterprise instant messaging client that is kept on a secure server.

As more and more businesses make secure instant messaging a priority, hosted instant messaging clients will continue to grow in popularity. Besides encrypting all data and conversations, many programs allow managers and supervisors to oversee their employee's accounts using an online account manager. From this database,  they can add new employees, remove employees, view employee conversations,  and much more. This may ease the fears of many business owners who worry that their employees will use instant messaging to talk to friends or others not affiliated with the company.

The goal behind enterprise instant messaging programs is to provide the flexibility to communicate online instantly, while still providing security and control due to the confidential nature that is crucial to most business's profits. Many hosted IM programs offer free trials and can be found online. Try out several different interfaces, programs, and options before deciding which is best for your individual company.